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Members of the 2022 Stony Brook Seawolves and Stony Brook Medicine Dragon Boat Teams show off their gold and bronze medals at the annual Port Jefferson Village Dragon Boat Race Sept. 17. Photo by Joan Dickinson.

Stony Brook pride was on full display at the Eighth Annual Port Jefferson Village Dragon Boat Race Festival on Saturday, September 17.

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The Stony Brook Seawolves won gold in the C Division. Photo by Joan Dickinson.

This year’s race was the first time Stony Brook had two teams – Stony Stream University sea ​​bass and Stony Brook Medicine — competing in the festival. More than 40 undergraduate and graduate students, medical and dental students, staff members, as well as doctors and healthcare professionals from Stony Brook University Hospital were among the teams and raced in three rounds against crews from all over Long Island and New York. It takes 20 people plus a drummer to paddle a dragon boat.

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The Stony Brook Medicine team won bronze in Division B. Photo by Joan Dickinson.

For the first time in seven years, the Seawolves team won a gold medal in the “C Division” with a burst of energy and winning spirit. Despite having very tough competition and being their first year paddling, the medical team won a bronze medal in “B Division”. Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs, along with Judy Jaquez, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs, led the Seawolves team. Erika Karp, community relations representative for Stony Brook University Hospital, led the medical team.

“Our students, faculty and staff enjoy the camaraderie with the competing race teams and the opportunity to learn about Asian culture during the festival,” Chambers said. “We are grateful to the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for making this event possible.”

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The Stony Brook medical team, left, prepares for a run.

In addition to the races, Stony Brook attendees had many opportunities to network and learn more about each other’s work. Teams enjoyed cultural entertainment, including performances by Taiko Tides, a traditional Japanese drumming group from Stony Brook University. Food trucks were lined up at the entrance, and local community businesses offered information and giveaways at their tables.

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The Stony Brook Sea Wolf Team.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other members of the SBU community,” said Katherine Hackett, staff assistant for the Health Professions Occupational Therapy Program.

Hackett, along with Antoine Chiu, a first-year medical student at the Renaissance School of Medicine, served as co-captain of the Stony Brook medical team. Although no paddling experience is required, Hackett and Chiu are skilled paddlers and helped guide their team members on the water. Chiu was even a member of the US national team.

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Seawolves team members celebrate after a great heat.

Sam Tran, a second-year psychology student on the Seawolves team, said she decided to participate because she had already enjoyed kayaking with her family. However, this was the first time she had paddled in such a competition.

“The whole festival – it was great fun,” Tran said.

Lorane Crawford, administrative assistant in the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Office of Finance and Administration on the medical team, echoed Tran’s sentiments.

“It’s just good to be outside and enjoy the atmosphere,” Crawford said.

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Members of the 2022 Stony Brook Seawolves and Stony Brook Medicine Dragon Boat teams. Photo by Joan Dickinson.

Stony Brook’s participation in the Dragon Boat Race Festival was sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of University and Hospital Community Relations, and Office of Multicultural Affairs. The festival is organized by the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerceof which Stony Brook University and Stony Brook University Hospital are members.

— Erika Karp

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